After School Dice Club 放課後さいころ倶楽部

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Media and General Interest

Masugata Shōtengai Kyoani support
Merchants at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto—the location model for the main setting of Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story—created and, from September 30, began wearing badges that indicate the shopping street’s relationship to and support of Kyoto Animation. The badge features the message Always by your side (いつもあなたのそばにある), which originally appeared in the background art of the film sequel and was “reimported” as a real hand-painted calligraphy banner in the shōtengai. A memorial message that had been hand-painted and displayed in the arcade was removed 49 days after the July 18 arson attack, and the badges are meant as a long-term means to continue this public display of support. Media coverage: Kyoto Shimbun, NHK

Nakaji Bakery Eupho pilgrimage
Nakaji Bakery in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture and its frank danish–also known to Hibike! Euphonium pilgrims as “Shūichi pan”—were featured in a segment on NHK morning news.

Tenki no Ko Tokyo shrine visits
Fans on anime pilgrimages for Tenki no Ko are visiting rooftop shrines of buildings in Ginza and Nihonbashi, though these aren’t directly related to the setting of the film, as well as Kishō Jinja, a small shrine on the grounds of Kōenji Hikawa Jinja in Suginami Ward, which does appear in the background art. Media coverage: Tokyo Shimbun

Koe no Katachi Ōgaki stamp rally
A reporter for Chūnichi Shimbun completed and published an article introducing the Koe no Katachi digital stamp rally currently underway in Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture.

Love Live! Sunshine!! Hakodate stamp rally
Hakodate City Tourism Division and Japan Airlines Hakodate branch are hosting a Love Live! Sunshine!! digital stamp rally, available until November 10. Media coverage: Hakodate Keizai Shimbun

Jashin-chan seichijunrei guide
JR Tōkai Tours and students at the Kyōei University Department of International Management under guidance of professor Itō Taiga (伊藤大河) will publish Jashin Tour Official Guidebook (邪神ツアー公式ガイドブック), a seichijunrei guide to Jinbōchō and Akihabara in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo for Jashin-chan Dropkick. Media coverage: JMAG News, Digital PR Platform

Current Season Pilgrimage

@kbt_tigers1985 (post) and @high__k (thread), @Yamachan_Anime (thread) made pilgrimages to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to multiple locations for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 9 and Episode 12.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Kodaira and Higashimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 10.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Higashimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai multiple episodes.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Tōkai, Aichi Prefecture for Go-Tōbun no Hanayome.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 10, post 11, post 12, post 13, post 14) to Mita and Minami-Azabu, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai:Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunōsen.

@0pu0219yuta made a pilgrimage to Niijima, Ōshima Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis for Island.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Takada, Toshima Ward; Nishi-waseda, Shinjuku Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Go! Go! 575.